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Re: [media] a proposal for adding support for speech synthesis to HTML 5 (?)

From: Martin Kliehm <martin.kliehm@namics.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:36:12 +0200
Message-ID: <4C93368C.8020309@namics.com>
To: 'HTML Accessibility Task Force' <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
CC: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>, John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>, 'Eric Carlson' <eric.carlson@apple.com>
On 16.09.2010 20:38, Philippe Le Hegaret wrote:
> On Thu, 2010-09-09 at 14:18 -0700, John Foliot wrote:
>> Doh!!
>> https://docs.google.com/View?id=dcfg79pz_4gnmp96cz
> Connecting the dots here.
> This is very likely to be related to
>    http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/htmlspeech/
> On a related note, we also have
>    http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/audio/

More dots: Mozilla implemented an Audio API in Firefox 4 Beta 5 that is 
read & write, probably that's what the incubator group is about. Also 
there's a draft for HTML Media Capture [1] that includes audio, image 
and video capture capabilities.

With that audio API people have been playing around,[2,3] including a 
demo for speech synthesis.[4] A bug report addresses the inability to 
expose audio from the microphone to web content, so that's not too 

I'd love to have built-in text-to-speech in the browser, and it doesn't 
seem to be impossible with current technology.


[1] http://dev.w3.org/2009/dap/camera/
[2] http://weblog.bocoup.com/reading-the-audio-stream-from-firefox-3-7
[3] http://weblog.bocoup.com/generate-sound-with-javascript-in-firefox-4
[5] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=591976
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